I have to admit, I have never used Google Reader for reading online RSS. No, and I dont want to go into details here.
I am a happy user of Tiny Tiny RSS. Andrew Dolgov released on the 21st of December version 1.5.0. A fancy AJAX interface lets you browse and read your RSS feeds - even the keyboard is fully supported. On Andrew's website you will find a forum where you can contact the author directly and I promise you, you will get timely responses.